Wealth in Death

Paper House

Children of strict Chinese parents in the Philippines still would want to give a parent a Chinese customary funeral. Send-off ceremonies and rituals such as burning joss paper and material symbols before the actual burial, normally practiced by Taoists and Buddhists, date back to the Tang dynasty. They deem comfort in the afterlife. It is also believed to bring luck to the living.

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Detailed paper houses, complete with food and  servants,  jets and cars are crafted by artisans in Manila who are usually contacted through funeral house referrals.

The living bring home the lamps.

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Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2014

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